1. Post #121
    Quite so, ol' chap.
    Dominicus's Avatar
    December 2011
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    Not to mention overpriced.
    It's Razer. Nothing new there.

  2. Post #122
    Fantym420's Avatar
    October 2010
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    The removable drive is the best option in my opinion, also for the easiest swap both computer's should be identical in hardware.

  3. Post #123
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    Neo1607's Avatar
    September 2006
    368 Posts
    Has no one thought of using the same environment instead of the same hardware, why not use a Virtual PC Environment on something like an usb 3.0 SSD or an esata SSD, that way it would be configured in exact same way at home and work

  4. Post #124
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    August 2009
    15,159 Posts
    Has no one thought of using the same environment instead of the same hardware, why not use a Virtual PC Environment on something like an usb 3.0 SSD or an esata SSD, that way it would be configured in exact same way at home and work
    So basically something like a virtualbox setup with the harddrive image file for the virtualized OS install on a external disk hooked up with a fast interface of some sort?
    It's feasible, but slightly more cumbersome and probably also slower to use, compared to 2 identical computers with hotswap bays + 1 disk caddy with a hdd/ssd.
    Though it's probably the cheaper solution IF Garry already has a powerful pc at each location that just happens to be identical performance-wise but not hardware-wise.

  5. Post #125
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    January 2012
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    Remote login is kind of out of the question because of the lack of responsiveness. I need to play games on this system.

    Is the Active Domain stuff like the stuff we used to have at school.. where you can log onto any computer on the network with your username and password and it pulls down your account?

    Edited:

    I think a laptop might be the way forward to be honest. Who makes the most powerful ones? Bear in mind I need to compile the source engine and have GMod etc running on it.
    Alien Ware!
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  6. Post #126
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    August 2009
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    Alien Ware!
    Leave.

    I also vote for the HDD and 2 identical PCs
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  7. Post #127
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    October 2008
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    I think all of you are overlooking the most prudent solution. Just live at work.
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  8. Post #128
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    May 2007
    858 Posts
    I want to be able to take my computer to the office and bring it home again. I basically want the same computer at home as at work. When I come home I want the computer set up exactly the same as when I left work. Same programs installed, same files. What are my options?

    Laptop

    I don't really want to use a laptop because of the reduced power/memory/harddrive space.

    Hard Drives

    Is this possible? Could I get a hard drive (or a rack of hard drives) that I just plug in and boot up, and it'd work? It'd probably require that the hardware is all the same?

    Remote Desktop

    This wouldn't work.

    Remote Login

    Maybe some system where I log in, it downloads the desktop from a central server, and then at the end of the session it uploads the changes. Is that such a thing? Is it feasible?

    Summary

    So yeah - is there a system that already exists for doing this?
    Set up Roaming profiles and Open VPN

    or just set up OpenVPN and redirect everything to a NAS device

  9. Post #129
    Wait... so if I write anything here, it's going to show up under my name?
    B!N4RY's Avatar
    December 2009
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    You could consider buying one of those expensive and bulky laptop that runs on desktop performance CPUs along with SLI or Crossfire mobile graphics card.

  10. Post #130
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    513 Posts
    I have built several computers with the following parts, they are ultra small, very powerful and easy to carry around...

    Case
    http://www.scan.co.uk/products/inwin...-with-160w-psu

    Motherboard
    http://www.scan.co.uk/products/asus-...vga-on-board-m

    CPU
    http://www.scan.co.uk/products/intel...-cache-95w-oem

    RAM
    http://www.scan.co.uk/products/8gb-%...-9-9-9-24-150v

    Hard Drive (for most of the builds I actually buy the 120gb version for the OS and main apps and the 256GB version for storage/files/steam etc)
    http://www.scan.co.uk/products/240gb...0mb-s-85k-iops

    You will want to try to pick up a low profile NVidia GTS 450 (make sure it's the low profile version, these can be found on eBay.

    You will also need to find an appropriate (mini-itx) power supply and cpu cooler. I usually buy these componants from a seller on eBay... sadly he no longer sells them but there are plenty of others out there.

    I've found these computers more than capable of running all Source games full whack at 1920x1080. I've built myself one of these as a backup/lan party computer, I've used it while staying at a friends for a few weeks, or traveling and been able to work on these (running 3ds Max and Photoshop side by side). I've modded the cases for these computers to allow for extra cooling to be installed.
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  11. Post #131
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    May 2007
    858 Posts
    Garry is probably better just getting a mobile workstation from IBM than carrying a PC and Screen around

  12. Post #132
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    August 2008
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    Garry is probably better just getting a mobile workstation from IBM than carrying a PC and Screen around
    IBM don't make workstations any more, that was all bought out by Lenovo.

  13. Post #133

    January 2012
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    1.Laptop
    Light and reduces the amount of space used on your desk, plus you can use it on your couch. But as you said, not performing as much as a desktop.

    2.HDD
    I think its possible if your desktop has external sata access. Its best if both of the desktops have the same specs.

    3.Remote Desktop
    This solution eats your internet bandwidth and you can't play games properly through it.

    4.Remote Login
    Not sure why you call it remote login. But you could have your files saved on a server at the office and access them from home by synchronizing your PCs. Usually you can do that with any repertories in your PC's HDD. Though, you might need a large bandwidth if you're counting on modifying your files a lot (specially images/videos).

    --Summary--
    Best solutions from those mentionned up (from best to worst)

    1.Laptop
    2.Remote Login
    3.HDD (Not sure if working)
    4.Remote Desktop
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  14. Post #134
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    November 2008
    8,118 Posts
    I have built several computers with the following parts, they are ultra small, very powerful and easy to carry around...

    Case
    http://www.scan.co.uk/products/inwin...-with-160w-psu

    Motherboard
    http://www.scan.co.uk/products/asus-...vga-on-board-m

    CPU
    http://www.scan.co.uk/products/intel...-cache-95w-oem

    RAM
    http://www.scan.co.uk/products/8gb-%...-9-9-9-24-150v

    Hard Drive (for most of the builds I actually buy the 120gb version for the OS and main apps and the 256GB version for storage/files/steam etc)
    http://www.scan.co.uk/products/240gb...0mb-s-85k-iops

    You will want to try to pick up a low profile NVidia GTS 450 (make sure it's the low profile version, these can be found on eBay.

    You will also need to find an appropriate (mini-itx) power supply and cpu cooler. I usually buy these componants from a seller on eBay... sadly he no longer sells them but there are plenty of others out there.

    I've found these computers more than capable of running all Source games full whack at 1920x1080. I've built myself one of these as a backup/lan party computer, I've used it while staying at a friends for a few weeks, or traveling and been able to work on these (running 3ds Max and Photoshop side by side). I've modded the cases for these computers to allow for extra cooling to be installed.
    I'm sure you had fun fitting DIMMs into SO-DIMM slots
    and why would you get a 2500k in a small form factor build if you're not using the IGP
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  15. Post #135
    Played it for the plot
    Dennab
    October 2008
    14,789 Posts
    set up two systems with swappable HDD cradles and just carry a hard drive with you

  16. Post #136
    Hearts
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    July 2007
    3,179 Posts
    I do recommend Alienware for their business support. I had a key break off and they had a repair tech at my house two days later covered completely under the warranty.
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  17. Post #137
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    August 2008
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    I do recommend Alienware for their business support. I had a key break off and they had a repair tech at my house two days later covered completely under the warranty.
    We've been through this, and garry already said he's not getting an Alienware. Read the whole thread next time before posting.

  18. Post #138
    That Dog
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    March 2009
    13,258 Posts
    Fucks sake, how can so many people be so wrong and actually recommend alienware. I'm vomiting everywhere
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  19. Post #139
    Hearts
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    July 2007
    3,179 Posts
    Fucks sake, how can so many people be so wrong and actually recommend alienware. I'm vomiting everywhere
    Because I had good experience with them. (And I'm sorry Wingless.)

  20. Post #140
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    November 2011
    513 Posts
    I'm sure you had fun fitting DIMMs into SO-DIMM slots
    and why would you get a 2500k in a small form factor build if you're not using the IGP
    yeh i did i snapped the modules to the right size... JK it was late when i typed that, got the sodimm equiv
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  21. Post #141
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    August 2009
    9,354 Posts
    As someone who has to repair alienware laptops: avoid them like the plague.

    Laptop hinges should NEVER creak like doors in scooby doo
    The cooling is utter shite, so bad that you could actually see melted flux around the chips.
    They use horribly bad thermal paste equivalent to play-dough.

    If you're going to get a laptop go for asus.

    They have the lowest failure rates out there, actually build their laptops with QUALITY in mind instead of quantity, they also don't do LED studded piles of shit either, as well as bother with cooling. Hell, they can even take being dropped unlike one of my clients alienwares which the HDD died and one of the hinges snapped.

    Edited:

    Oh, and wingless's old dell laptop let go of a hinge when the laptop fell.
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  22. Post #142
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    October 2011
    162 Posts
    Some laptops are fairly good, i run gmod on my laptop and mine is considered fairly old. so a dell XPS or an alienware will suit you, but if you have to, a VPN or Virtual Machine will be useful
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  23. Post #143
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    August 2008
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    Some laptops are fairly good, i run gmod on my laptop and mine is considered fairly old. so a dell XPS or an alienware will suit you, but if you have to, a VPN or Virtual Machine will be useful
    You really seem like you have absolutely no idea what you're talking about.
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  24. Post #144
    Wait... so if I write anything here, it's going to show up under my name?
    B!N4RY's Avatar
    December 2009
    7,227 Posts
    This thread is filled with a bunch of pretentious idiots. All of you pathetic garry stalkers should keep your mouths shut and stay in the GMOD sections unless you actually know what you're talking about (which 99% of you don't).
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  25. Post #145
    Am I Læffy?
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    August 2011
    630 Posts
    Some laptops are fairly good, i run gmod on my laptop and mine is considered fairly old. so a dell XPS or an alienware will suit you, but if you have to, a VPN or Virtual Machine will be useful
    "I run gmod on my laptop"

    "alienware will suit you"

    Me, knowing almost nothing about computers, know that this isn't a good advice just by by reading that. The fact that you are using a mac doesn't really make me change my opinion. First of all, garry is probably not looking for a computer to play his own game on, and just because a laptop can run gmod does not mean it is a good computer.



    I would just recommend getting some sort of neat laptop that fulfills your required specifications for the different tasks you would need to do.

    Not too helpful, I guess.

  26. Post #146
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    October 2011
    162 Posts
    "I run gmod on my laptop"

    "alienware will suit you"

    Me, knowing almost nothing about computers, know that this isn't a good advice just by by reading that. The fact that you are using a mac doesn't really make me change my opinion. First of all, garry is probably not looking for a computer to play his own game on, and just because a laptop can run gmod does not mean it is a good computer.



    I would just recommend getting some sort of neat laptop that fulfills your required specifications for the different tasks you would need to do.

    Not too helpful, I guess.
    If an old inspiron 9300 can run gmod, im pretty damned sure a newer laptop can do what garry wants it to do, and besides, i hate mac, the only reason i posted on one is cause i was in school :P


    You really seem like you have absolutely no idea what you're talking about.
    You really seem to be contributing to the thread massively in that post
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  27. Post #147

    April 2011
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    The only thing he should really be considering is having a PC at the office and at home and carry a HDD back and forth.

    Before anyone mentions windows flipping out when running on different hardware, he could just stick an SSD with windows and some core programs in it and use the HDD he's carrying about like a large memory stick.

  28. Post #148
    insert long title here
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    15,135 Posts
    If an old inspiron 9300 can run gmod, im pretty damned sure a newer laptop can do what garry wants it to do, and besides, i hate mac, the only reason i posted on one is cause i was in school :P



    You really seem to be contributing to the thread massively in that post
    Obviously you used Laptops to program HTML, so obviously it will do for garry's purpose.
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  29. Post #149
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    Dennab
    August 2011
    326 Posts
    It seems best way for you is to always take your Hard Drive with you. And boot your computer from it.
    Get a "hard-drive dock station" and it will do your work.

    You need something like this:
    Can work with both USB 2 and 3. Speed is 5GB/s(USB 3)

    OR

    Just USB 2 Connection with 480MB/S



    But this type of docks(which is working with USB 2) wont give you HIGH SPEED.

    SATA 3's speed is 6GB/S(which is maximum speed now for SATA.)
    And USB 3's speed is 5GB/S

    Original (not the like Chinese products, because it looses too much speed on it's controller) USB 3 dock, is what you need.

    And if your both computers' motherboard connections with your USB3 port are full-speed (not like converter) than it is OK.

    If not you got 2 options:
    1) UPGRADE your motherboard
    2) Buy long(>1 meter) SATA cable

    Just say me your PCs' properties and HD's properties and i will choose best one for you.
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  30. Post #150
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    January 2009
    15,135 Posts
    It seems best way for you is to always take your Hard Drive with you. And boot your computer from it.
    Get a "hard-drive docking station" and it will do your work.

    You need something like this:
    Can work with both USB 2 and 3. Speed is 5GB/s(USB 3)

    OR

    Just USB 2 Connection with 480MB/S



    But this type of docks(which is working with USB 2 or 3) wont give you HIGH SPEED like original SATA or IDE connection to your motherboard can do.



    If you say me properties of your HD i could select proper one and send you it's link or name.
    No it's not, this is clumsy and slow and dumb, use simple sata docks that are open to the front/side.
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  31. Post #151
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    Dennab
    August 2011
    326 Posts
    No it's not, this is clumsy and slow and dumb, use simple sata docks that are open to the front/side.
    dont speak about things that you dont know!
    these days normal hd's interface speed is 3.0 gb/s, which is makes its data transfer speed 300 mb/s (because of 10bit encoding).

    and usb3's speed is 5gb/s, lets say we loosed 0.5 gb/s on the controller, you still got 4.5gb/s connection with your hd, which is even more than you need.
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  32. Post #152
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    August 2009
    15,159 Posts
    It seems best way for you is to always take your Hard Drive with you. And boot your computer from it.
    Get a "hard-drive dock station" and it will do your work.

    You need something like this:
    Can work with both USB 2 and 3. Speed is 5GB/s(USB 3)

    OR

    Just USB 2 Connection with 480MB/S



    But this type of docks(which is working with USB 2) wont give you HIGH SPEED.

    SATA 3's speed is 6GB/S(which is maximum speed now for SATA.)
    And USB 3's speed is 5GB/S

    Original (not the like Chinese products, because it looses too much speed on it's controller) USB 3 dock, is what you need.

    And if your both computers' motherboard connections with your USB3 port are full-speed (not like converter) than it is OK.

    If not you got 2 options:
    1) UPGRADE your motherboard
    2) Buy long(>1 meter) SATA cable

    Just say me your PCs' properties and HD's properties and i will choose best one for you.
    No.
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  33. Post #153
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    Dennab
    August 2011
    326 Posts
    you guys STFU, i advised it to Garry, not you!
    if you got better opinions just post, that is all.
    Dont reply lame things.
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  34. Post #154
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    August 2008
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    dont speak about things that you dont know!
    these days normal hd's interface speed is 3.0 gb/s, which is makes its data transfer speed 300 mb/s (because of 10bit encoding).

    and usb3's speed is 5gb/s, lets say we loosed 0.5 gb/s on the controller, you still got 4.5gb/s connection with your hd, which is even more than you need.
    Hypocrite. Do you know the average latency speeds between USB 3 and SATA? Not to mention general boot fuckery? To get a system to boot from USB over SATA is slower and dumb. Not to mention you also have the controller of the caddy to implement in. So you have multiple points of failure there, and multiple points of slowdowns. You factor in the USB latency speeds, the controller latency and oh look you get massive access times. Shut up.

  35. Post #155
    That Dog
    Ehmmett's Avatar
    March 2009
    13,258 Posts
    you guys STFU, i advised it to Garry, not you!
    if you got better opinions just post, that is all.
    Dont reply lame things.
    guys shut up i'm talking to gayry privately in this thread on an open forums!!!!!!11
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  36. Post #156
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    April 2006
    244 Posts
    I saw this thread very late now..

    I did this for some time.. my option was: I used to have the same computer with the nearly exact identical hardware twice - the only difference is that my home PC had one additional hard drive with stuff I really do not use in my office... the case I bought was one of those cases having a hotswap hard drive bay on top. The bad thing: it is only 2.5" - so no 3.5" harddrives, and 2.5" ones are more expensive.. Still: 500 Gig 2.5" hard drive was sufficient for OS, and pretty much of my stuff.. and the hotswap port is directly connected to SATA 0 on the mainboard so it's actually the primary hard drive I carried along.

    As the hardware on both systems was nearly identical the drive ran on both systems fine.
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  37. Post #157
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    August 2009
    9,354 Posts
    dont speak about things that you dont know!
    these days normal hd's interface speed is 3.0 gb/s, which is makes its data transfer speed 300 mb/s (because of 10bit encoding).

    and usb3's speed is 5gb/s, lets say we loosed 0.5 gb/s on the controller, you still got 4.5gb/s connection with your hd, which is even more than you need.
    Bloody hell you're such a hypocrite, it's 8 bits to a byte you numbskull.

    Also have you heard of access latencies?

  38. Post #158
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    September 2001
    12,387 Posts
    Got a hard drive and docking stations today. Hard drive slots in the front of the computer, half hanging out just like I wanted.



    Working pretty well so far. One trip from the office to home. Works on both computers. Business as usual!
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  39. Post #159
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    December 2009
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    Got a hard drive and docking stations today. Hard drive slots in the front of the computer, half hanging out just like I wanted.



    Working pretty well so far. One trip from the office to home. Works on both computers. Business as usual!
    ....I want that now.
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  40. Post #160
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    Laptop hard drives are regarded as slow, tell us if it's actually noticeable though.

    Also don't subject the drive to too much shock as it can damage it, keep it in a soft case or bag when transporting.
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